Medication and Seizures

Q:

"My daughter has been treated for seizures, and her neurologist said Strattera could cause more. Which ADHD medications are safe for her?"

Dr. Larry Silver specializes in treating children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD).
A:

Stimulants are generally safe. Imipramine and other tri-cyclic antidepressants generally are not. The literature on Strattera does not indicate that the medication should be avoided by individuals with seizure disorders. Your neurologist, who knows which type of seizure your daughter is prone to, should be able to prescribe an appropriate drug.

Larry Silver, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and director of training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is a former acting director and deputy director of the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as the author of Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on AD/HD and The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities.
 
 
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